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Of Mice and Men Pre-Reading Activities

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Getting ready to read 'Of Mice and Men' with your students? Set them up for success with these engaging pre-reading activities. In this lesson, we'll outline several activities you can do with students of mixed ability levels.

Pre-Reading Activities

When we grab a book off the shelf, most of us just dive right in and start reading. Why should it be any different with our students? For one thing, our 'grab and go' reading style is typically for enjoyment or light learning. When we read novels like Of Mice and Men with students, we're actually focused on teaching a thing or two. Also, we know that students learn and respond best to reading when their brains are prepped and ready to receive information.

Our brains are wired in a way that makes important connections easier to stay put when there is prior schema, or information. Doing pre-reading activities prepares your students for reading in a way that allows the text and content to make more sense, more quickly. You'll be able to dig more deeply into nuanced themes and analyze characters and plot if students have already become familiar with a few concepts.

Pre-Reading Activities - Of Mice and Men

So, now that you're in the know, go ahead and take a look at some activities that you can have your students complete in order to prepare for the classic novel Of Mice and Men. These are designed for multi-level abilities and can be adapted to any skill set. Take a look.

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